ESRI UC 2016

Many UGIC members make the trip to San Diego each summer to attend the ESRI International Users Conference.  This year was no different as Utah was well represented at the UC.

A few major themes coming out of the conference included:

  • 3D GIS – 3D is becoming mainstream functionality within ESRI’s products.  From desktop software and analytics to sharing maps in 3D in the web browser, 3D is a major focus of ESRI’s development efforts.
  • Big Data – ESRI is providing tools to leverage ‘Big Data’.  Visualization of very large datasets is made possible by massively scaleable computing infrastructure provided as a service.  This capability expands what is possible and brings Big Data computing to geospatial workflows.
  • Insights for ArcGIS – Insights is a new web application that allows users to visualize data (both spatial and non-spatial) in creative and interactive ways.  The app provides ‘cards’ consisting of maps, charts, and tables that are all linked to each other and symbolized in a consistent manner.  The Insights application is very flexible and configurable even for non-technical users.  Insights for ArcGIS is focused on exposing patterns in data that may not be otherwise accessible or apparent.
  • Drone2Map – Drone2Map is an application that leverages the new and exciting UAV technology to easily produce ultra high resolution ortho-imagery as well as DSM’s, point-clouds, and 3D models.
  • Free eLearning – ESRI is offering access to 100’s of self-paced eLearning courses at no additional cost for users who are current on maintenance.  ESRI  President Jack Dangermond said, “We are happy to offer organizations the opportunity to train more people in their workforce in how to use Esri ArcGIS at no additional cost.
  • GIS Evolution – ESRI see’s ArcGIS as a unified technology platform that supports multiple types of systems (system of record, system of engagement, system of insight).  Technologies such as web services, distributed computing, real-time data, configurable templates and apps, smart mapping, story maps and Big Data analytics are replacing older patterns such as client/server, static databases, and proprietary application development.
  • Field GIS Tools – ESRI is providing tools such as Workforce, Navigator, Collector, and Survey123 to better support GIS field operations.  We were able to see much of this technology first-hand from Chris LeSueur at the UGIC Conference in May.
  • Living Atlas – ESRI is providing 1000’s of ready to use datasets, layers, and basemaps (as well as millions of user contributions) through the living atlas.  In addition, ESRI announced a new partnership with DigitalGlobe to provide current high quality aerial imagery for the entire world offered through the living atlas.
  • Real-Time – There continues to be emphasis on integrating real-time data including geo-fencing, citizen and customer engagement, and many other examples of ‘high velocity data streams’.
  • ArcGIS for Adobe Creative Cloud – ESRI announced a new add-in that allows users to import ArcGIS Online map data into Adobe Illustrator (as vectors) to take advantage of the high end graphics design capabilities of the Adobe Suite of products.
  • ArcGIS Shared Code – For those of us who have been in the industry for a while, we remember a super useful little website called ArcScripts.  This site was loaded with cool scripts, tools, and ideas that were freely shared among GIS users.  Now that concept has been resurrected into a site called ArcGIS Code Sharing (codesharing.arcgis.com).  Users can log in and share their development work as well as browse and use the work of the collective.  This site which was recently launched is bound to be a valuable tool for many of us.

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The Importance of the UGIC Board Elections

As you may already know voting is now open for several positions on the UGIC Board.  You can review the candidates here.

Serving on the UGIC Board is a big responsibility that requires a real commitment.  Of course serving on the Board is a volunteer position.  Many of you may see the work that the Board does at the UGIC conference.  But, serving on the board is much more than just running around at the conference.  It takes a lot of effort from the Board year round to make UGIC work.  We are focused on facilitating connections within our community, supporting public outreach efforts, and acting as a unified voice for geospatial professionals in Utah.

Producing a successful UGIC conference is a major undertaking that keeps the Board busy for months.  There are a thousand details to work out.  If you have an enjoyable conference, it’s largely because the UGIC Board spent hours planning and working to make things run smoothly.

UGIC is really fortunate to have a lot of great candidates willing to serve on the Board.  So it is important for the UGIC membership to vote in this election.  Please take a few minutes to read through the candidates and vote.

It’s important.

Global Mapper Workshop @ UGIC 2016

Global Mapper is a low cost, fully functional GIS application from Blue Marble Geographics. In this daylong workshop we will explore some core functionality of the software with a particular emphasis on LiDAR and point cloud processing.

The workshop will begin with a basic introduction to Global Mapper that will include navigating the key components of the interface; file and layer management; importing and export data; creating and editing vector data; and working with raster layers.

In the afternoon session, we explore the LiDAR and terrain analysis capabilities of the software. We will demonstrate basic LiDAR filtering and editing techniques; automatic ground point detection and reclassification; terrain surface creation; various analysis procedures including watershed analysis, view shed analysis and cut and fill optimization and volume calculation; vector extraction from classified LiDAR points; and 3D visualization options.

This workshop will offer the opportunity for hands-on participation. Attendees are encouraged to bring a windows-based laptop computer to the session. A trial version of Global Mapper, a temporary license file, and all of the required data files will be provided.

Register for this workshop and the 2016 UGIC Conference

Global Mapper

ArcGIS Pro Workshop

Description: In this hands-on seminar you will learn about the newest application included with ArcGIS 10.4 for Desktop – ArcGIS Pro.  ArcGIS Pro is designed to help GIS professionals complete their projects and share their results more quickly and easily than ever before.

  • Learn how ArcGIS Pro will streamline the way you do your GIS work with its modern ribbon interface and tight integration of 2D and 3D capabilities.
  • Familiarize you with essential ArcGIS Pro terminology.
  • Prepare you to efficiently complete many different tasks related to mapping, editing, geoprocessing, and analysis.

Instructor Bio: Robert LeClair is a Desktop Technical Lead and Instructor with the Training Services Team in Broomfield, Colorado.  He is responsible for communicating the latest Desktop updates/workflow to the National Desktop Instructor team, serves on many course updates/development with the Curriculum Team and teaches Desktop, Geodata, ArcGIS Pro, and Geospatial Intelligence classes.  Before starting his career with Esri, Robert worked for AECOM, county government, and regional government.  Robert graduated from Clemson University with a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning.

Register for this workshop and the 2016 UGIC conference

Field Operations with ArcGIS Apps Workshop

Description: In this hands-on seminar you will learn how ArcGIS will help your organization optimize every step of your field operations and data collection.

  • Planning your field work by defining where field work needs to be done (ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS for Desktop)
  • Assigning tasks and dispatching field crews  (Workforce for ArcGIS)
  • Helping personnel arriving to their destination quickly safely (Navigator for ArcGIS)
  • Efficiently executing field data capture (Collector for ArcGIS and Survey123 for ArcGIS)
  • Monitoring field operations (Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS)
  • Analyzing and communicating field work (StoryMaps and Web AppBuilder)

Requirements: Attendees must bring their own laptop (Windows or OS X) and a smartphone or tablet (iOS, Android).

Instructor Bio: Chris LeSueur is a Product Manager with the Apps Team in Redlands, California. He is responsible for managing Esri’s mobile software products for smartphones, tablets, and rugged field devices. Chris has been with Esri for 17yrs working in various positions in Technical Marketing and Product Management.  Before starting his career at Esri, Chris graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Geographic Information Systems.

Register for this workshop and the 2016 UGIC Conference

Maps on the Hill

MapsOnTheHill

Maps on the Hill, supported by the Utah Geographic Information Council (UGIC) and AGRC, will be held on March 1st, 2016. This event, in its fifth year, is a good opportunity for students and professionals to share maps, mapping tools, and mapping projects with elected officials, fellow practitioners, and the public.

Who should participate:
Individuals: Anybody who makes a map through their work or education.
Organizations: An organization that has worked on multiple mapping projects.

Maps on the Hill Event:
The map display event will be held on March 1st, in the Capitol Rotunda from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, with set-up time beginning at 9:00am. We request that at least one participant is present to discuss each map entry throughout the display event.

Display Types:
You can present hardcopy maps, interactive digital maps (you’ll need to provide a means to show it on a computer), or both.
The focus of the event is interesting maps or map technology projects that are applicable to a wide audience. While displays can be on any appropriate topic, presentations that may be of interest to decision makers are strongly encouraged. Marketing of specific product and services is discouraged.

Click here to signup and reserve your spot!

Signups close February 5, 2016.

Questions? Contact Jessie Pechmann at jpechmann@utah.gov or 801-538-3037.